5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, May 2
8:11 AM, May 2, 2013
10:36 AM, May 2, 2013
TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, May 2.
(1) Susanne Meyers sentencing
A Ruskin woman convicted of causing a fatal accident will be sentenced on Thursday.
On July 1, 2011 prosecutors say Susanne Meyers hit a motorcycle near the intersection of US 41 and Universal Drive. The motorcycle's driver, 62-year-old Thomas Colson and his 69-year-old passenger Galilee Howard both died at the scene.
It was more than eight months before the Florida Highway Patrol arrested Meyers.
In February a jury convicted Meyers of two counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving death. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the Hillsborough County Courthouse in downtown Tampa.
(2) St. Petersburg Pier vote
The St. Petersburg City Council plans to hold a crucial vote on Thursday whether to pay $1.5 million to an architect for the next design phase of the proposed pier replacement.
After holding an international design competition, the Council vote to replace the current pier with a new $50 million structure called "The Lens."
Fans of the current structure worry about spending that amount of taxpayer money. The "Stop the Lens" group argues the issue of tearing down the current pier and building a new one should be put to the voters.
The majority of city leaders are for the Lens project. The current pier is scheduled to close on May 31 with demolition scheduled to begin by 2014.
Today's vote will occur during the normal City Council meeting which begins at 8:30 a.m.
(3) President Clinton in Central Florida
Former President Bill Clinton will be in Orlando on Thursday to deliver the graduation speech at the University of Central Florida.
Mr. Clinton will address students in the UCF College of Health & Public Affairs and the UCF College of Medicine's Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences.
His speech will occur at the UCF Arena around 2:30 p.m.